UMES ENDS 19-GAME HOMESTAND WITH CONTEST AGAINST GEORGE WASHINGTON
March 25, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES will finish up the 19-game homestand on Tuesday, taking on George Washington at Hawks Stadium at 3 p.m. Then the Hawks will hit the road to Annapolis to take on the U.S. Naval Academy at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at Terwilliger Brothers Field at Max Bishop Stadium.
The Hawks fell in two of three contests this weekend to Norfolk State and currently stand at 5-19 overall and 2-4 in MEAC play. George Washington, from the Atlantic-10 Conference, is coming off a series sweep of UMass and is 7-15 this year and 3-0 in the A-10. Patriot League member Navy comes into Tuesday at 11-12 and has not begun league play. The Mids took three of four from Princeton this past weekend.
UMES went a combined 0-3 against these two schools last season. The Hawks fell to the Colonials 9-6 in Arlington on April 24th with the scheduled home game being cancelled due to rain. The Hawks lost to Navy 21-1 in Annapolis on February 22nd last season and later 10-0 at Hawks Stadium on April 17th.
SCHOTT NAMED TO JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST
Schott, the only player that plays in the state of Maryland or the MEAC to be nominated for the award, is hitting .348 this season with a team-best 10 doubles and .493 slugging percentage. The two-time team captain also leads the team with three sacrifice flies and has brought home 15 runs so far this season.
LAST TIME OUT: UMES DEFEATED IN SERIES WITH NSU
In his return from injury, Tre-von Johnson went 4-for-10 in the series with two walks and two RBI. Mike Escanilla went 5-for-13, hitting safely in all three games. Zachary Saca got a win and a loss in the series, throwing 2.1 innings with just an unearned run charged.
BRESLIN NAMED MEAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Helping UMES split a weekend series against Lafayette, the freshman third baseman hit .308 (4-for-13) in the four games, scoring once and bringing in two runs. He also had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
Pedro Swann TAKES OVER AS UMES HEAD COACH
Swann brings a wealth of baseball experience to Princess Anne, playing in the professional ranks for 17 years from 1991 to 2007. He played for Delaware State from 1989-1991, earning all-conference honors all three years and hitting .421 with 26 home runs in his career.
NEW LOOK INFIELD PAYS DIVIDENDS
At the left side of the infield, two freshmen man the ranks with Connor Breslin, who earlier had a seven-game hitting streak and has a MEAC Rookie of the Week award, taking the hot corner and Mike Escanilla, who is currently on a six-game hitting streak, serves as the squad's shortstop.
At second base, sophomore Thomas Gray had a 2-for-5 day against Georgetown with three RBI plate appearances, concluding with a double and five runs batted in.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
Possible starters include freshman Luke Olsen, who is 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in five appearances, rookie Danny O'Donnell, who stands 0-2 with a 10.57 ERA and junior closer Craig Lejeune, who has a 2.12 ERA, a 1-0 record and three saves in 17 innings.
The Midshipmen, who come into Tuesday hitting .260, are led by junior first baseman Kash Manzelli, who sports a .309 batting average, two home runs and 11 RBI. Senior outfielder Greg Dupell is hitting .276 with 13 extra base hits and 15 RBI.
Navy has had seven different players start games on the mound, and a starter has not been determined as of Monday. Last mid-week game against Delaware State, senior Johnny Schoberl, who is 0-3 with a 8.55 ERA in 20 innings, got the start.
HAWKS BASEBALL RETURNS TO WGOP 540 AM